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What’s your favorite video game of all time? We all have different answers to this (though if your answer isn’t ‘Witcher 3’, I won’t be able to trust you… kidding!). Metacritic, a website that aggregates reviews, has recently compiled all video game reviews on their website and averaged the scores to come up with a list of the top highest-rated games. Here are the top 10 video games of all time based on critic and user scores:

10. Grand Theft Auto V (2013)
Critic score: 96/100
User score: 7.8/10
Platforms: Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC

This is the video game that your parents probably hated the most – and who could blame them? In this game, you played as criminals hoping to survive in Los Santos by, well, committing crimes. Die-hard fans will, of course, defend their reasons but we won’t get into that here. For its time, the graphics and gameplay of GTA V were truly amazing; and gamers were given free reign in an open world that was hard to forget.

9. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 (2001)
Critic score: 97/100
User score: 7.4/100
Platforms: PlayStation, PlayStation 2,GameCube, Xbox, Nintendo 64, Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Color, PC, and Mac

This game was released during the height of skateboarding when Tony Hawk was practically a household name. This game was the third installment in the Tony Hawk series and introduced the revert trick and fun hidden combos. Gamers spent hours playing this to unlock everything in the game. Plus, you could challenge friends online over LAN or the Internet to compete in the Trick Attack and Graffiti modes.

8. Red Dead Redemption 2 (2018)
Critic score: 97/100
User score: 7.7/10
Platforms: Xbox One and PlayStation 4

By the same creators as the game above, Red Dead Redemption 2 tells the story of America’s unforgiving heartland set at the end of the Wild West era. In its vast world, gamers were given a whole new online multiplayer experience where they had to steal and fight their way across the world to survive.

7. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017)
Critic score: 97/100
User score: 8.4/100
Platforms: Wii U and Nintendo Switch

Whether you grew up with The Legend of Zelda series or not, you have to admit that Breath of the Wild was on a whole different level. Taking characters and a world we all know and love, this game broke boundaries, allowing gamers to travel around the Kingdom of Hyrule in a stunning open-air adventure never done in a Zelda game before.

6. Super Mario Galaxy (2007)
Critic score: 97/100
User score: 9.1/10
Platform: Wii

I have to admit that this is the only game on this list that I am not familiar with. The Wii is the only console we never possessed at home. From the looks of it, though, it followed the usual trope of a Super Mario game – save Princess Peach by killing Bowser… but in space.

5. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (2010)
Critic score: 97/100
User score: 9.0/10
Platform: Wii

By a small margin, the sequel of the game above beat its original on the list of best video games of all time. What set this sequel apart from the original is that it came with brand new features and galaxies to really challenge gamers aside from offering hours of fun.

4. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 (2000)
Critic score: 98/100
User score: 7.4/10
Platforms: PlayStation 3, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo 64, Dreamcast, Xbox, Xbox 360, iOS, and Mac

Pro Skater 2 ranks higher than Pro Skater 3, which I think is quite interesting because I personally felt like Tony Hawk’s games got progressively better with new levels and challenges coming out with every release. The only reason I can think of for this is that Pro Skater 2 had Spider-Man as a playable character. You could unlock him after getting 100% in Career Mode with a created skater. Maybe that played a part in people’s rankings for this?

3. Soulcalibur (1998)
Critic score: 98/100
User score: 8.6/10
Platform: Dreamcast, Arcade, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and iOS

A well-known game since the 90s, Soulcalibur is definitely unforgettable. Since their release of their first arcade game back in 1995, they have had seven video game installments as well as different media spin-offs including manga and music albums. It’s basically a bad-ass weapon-based fighting game, including the mythical swords Soul Edge and Soul Calibur, set in a historical fantasy version of the 16th to 17th centuries.

2. Grand Theft Auto IV (2008)
Critic score: 98/100
User score: 7.5/10
Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC

Why is an older version of GTA much higher than its successor? It looks like the answer lies in the driving mechanics. The driving mechanics in GTA IV were much more realistic compared to GTA V. As comfortable as it was to handle the cars in GTA 5, it no longer felt as realistic as how it did in this game, which gives it an edge for gamers who fell in love with the series because of the driving.

1.The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998)
Critic score: 99/100
User score: 9.2/10
Platforms: Nintendo 64, Nintendo DS, and Virtual Console (different platforms)

Let’s face it – you simply cannot go wrong with Zelda games. Ocarina of Time is one such game. While I personally prefer the nostalgic look and feel of the very first Legend of Zelda game from the 80s, I can understand why gamers fell in love with Ocarina of Time. If I’m not mistaken, this was the first time we saw an upgrade to the classic Zelda games, and it was a fresh and surprising take to a fan favorite.

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 Written by: Angeline Rodriguez 

Angeline Rodriguez is the Managing Editor of and an Editor at Newsweek Amplify. She is a gamer and a geek with a mad love for anime and KDramas.

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